I'm sure a lot of you have felt some discomfort while sleeping, particularly when on your back! Waking up to back pain does not equate to a great morning, and the main reason might not be the way you sleep, but because of what you are sleeping on! Yes, your mattress is a crucial factor in ensuring that you get quality sleep. But what are the types of mattresses you should get for a pain-free night of rest? You'll be surprised to know that it isn't difficult choosing a quality mattress for your back! To help you out, I show you five tips on choosing a mattress to reduce back pain.
After seven years (or once the warranty has passed or when the bed feels achy), then it's time to replace your mattress. Here are some tips to help you get the bang for your buck:
1. Get The Right Balance Of Hard and Soft Mattresses
In the past, doctors have recommended that those with back problems opt for very firm mattresses for extra support and reduced back pain. But there have been surveys with those with low back pain that people who sleep on very hard mattresses would have poor sleep quality. But, on the other hand, soft mattresses can also create an issue. While they can conform to your body shape, it may have you sink too deep that joints tend to twist and become painful.
That's why it's best to find the middle ground of mattresses, with should be either medium-firm or firm. You can find out if a firm mattress is right for you by putting plywood board under your mattress, which dampens your bed springs' movements. You can also try placing the mattress on the floor to see if the firmness is just right for you.
2. What's Your Sleeping Position?
The position you sleep in is a major factor to find out the support you need from the bed.
• If you are a side sleeper, then opt to get a slightly softer mattress to conform to your body shape.
• Stomach sleepers should get a medium-firm bed mattress, which will not irritate your back, as soft mattresses would have you sink in and increase your arch, causing pain. This is especially for overweight people.
• Back sleepers can opt to have a thin rolled towel or a pillow under their knees and low back for extra support. Any type of mattress will do.
3. The Type Of Mattresses You Need
There are different types of mattresses to suit your body type and prevent back pain, such as:
• Innerspring mattresses are the most popular types, which have padding and steel coils. They can either be soft or firm.
• Specialty foam mattresses are a contemporary type, slowly becoming more popular. The foam is flexible and soft, with the ability to mold into your body shape. They are great for chronic pain, though may lock in heat.
• There are adjustable beds which can have you set any part of your date to bend, elevate, raise, or lower, so you can position your body based on your comfort during the night.
4. The Best Time to Purchase Mattresses
You'll want to make sure that you have a mattress that's worth the money, so I recommend that you get a mattress between May and September, which are when new mattress models hit the stores. Memorial Day sale is the best time to get a great deal. Avoid overspending on too many features and only known when to spend on the mattress' extras. Get a mattress which has coverings that extend its lifespan while protecting stains and dust mites from getting to it. If you don't have enough money for its padding, opt for a mattress and a topper, which is cheaper.
5. Size and Weight
Of course, you must make sure that you have a mattress with the optimum size and weight to accommodate both you and your room. Opt for a bed with a weight that can support your back while having the capability of being carried by your bed frame. The size should also be big enough to accommodate your height and weight, as well as your partner if you sleep with one.
To get best mattress, you must ensure that it isn't only comfortable, but that it supports your back to prevent any body pain as well. Through choosing a quality mattress, you ensure a great night of sleep without the worry of waking up groggy and tired.
I hope that these tips on how to choke a mattress for a bad back helped you out! So don't wait any longer and begin to make the right investments for better sleep today.
If you have any questions or would like to share your tips and experiences when choosing a quality mattress, then comment down below. I would love to hear what you have to think.